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Facebook CEO didn't have all the answers for Congress

Facebook CEO didn't have all the answers for Congress

Technology
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg often came across as one of the smartest people in the room as he jousted with U.S. lawmakers demanding to know how and why his company peers into the lives of its 2.2 billion users. But while some questions were elementary, others left Zuckerberg unable to offer clear explanations or specific answers. A series of tough inquiries about how much personal information Facebook vacuums up on and off its social network seemed particularly vexing for Zuckerberg, who couldn't quantify it. He was vague about whether Facebook was a monopoly and whether it would offer an ad-free option, as well as about how the company could offer the same level of privacy protection to users around the world. Zuckerberg squirmed when pressed about a 2011 agreement with the Federal Trad...
Facebook reveals Mark Zuckerberg's US Congress testimony

Facebook reveals Mark Zuckerberg's US Congress testimony

Business
Mark Zuckerberg has revealed his planned testimony to the US Congress, ahead of answering questions during a two day hearing about data privacy.The Facebook founder will speak about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, Russian election interference and what the company is doing to prevent future incidents.He will say the firm's new investment in security will affect its profits."Protecting our community is more important," he adds.On the subject of users' data, he will say that every app that had access to a large amount of Facebook data prior to 2014 will be investigated. He said privacy controls had been made easier to understand.Mr Zuckerberg also admits that Facebook was slow to spot Russian meddling.Read Mark Zuckerberg's full statement hereOver a two year period, 126 million people ...
US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

US government shuts down as Congress fails to vote on budget

World
The US government has officially shut down for the second time this year because Congress failed to meet a deadline to vote on a new budget.Senators struggled with last-minute objections from Republican Rand Paul, but have now passed the bill, which has gone to the House for its vote.Federal funding for government services expired at midnight (05:00 GMT).The 600-page plan proposes an increase in spending, by about $ 300bn (£215bn), on defence and domestic services.If the plan is passed in the House of Representatives and signed by the president in the next few hours, the shutdown could be rescinded before the US working day begins on Friday. But it is not clear how the House will vote, and how public services would be affected on Friday if the shutdown were to continue.What does a shutdown
Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Congress demands action from VA on allegations of doctors with revoked licenses

Business
Jan. 3 (UPI) -- More than two dozen members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Veterans Affairs before the Christmas break demanding the agency take swift action on allegations it has illegally hired doctors with revoked medical licenses.The letter, made public on Tuesday, was signed by 31 members of Congress and sent to the VA following reports that the VA has hired health care providers with revoked licenses for at least 15 years."We need to ensure our nation's veterans receive the highest quality care from the best providers possible," Rep. Walter B. Jones, R-N.C., said in a statement. "For the VA to be illegally hiring doctors who failed to meet that standard in their previous jobs is very troubling and absolutely unacceptable."In the letter, members of Congress ask for inf...
Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by Congress

Trove of 'Russian troll' posts exposed by Congress

Technology
Further instances of social media posts and ads thought to be part of Russian propaganda efforts to influence the last US presidential election and divide its society have been shared with the public.The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released the imagery following a hearing at which Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were criticised for having underestimated the problem.The examples are a fraction of the number of posts that have been flagged as being suspicious by the tech companies themselves. Other cases had been displayed on Capitol Hill earlier in the week.In addition, the senators released data about how much had been spent promoting the material and how many people had been shown it. They have also provided a long list of Russia-linked Twitter accounts that have now been s...